We'll let Kitty tell you a bit about herself:
Most of my professional life, I wrote and administered grants in the Flint Hills region for projects such as community development, child care, youth leadership development, substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, social entrepreneurship and job creation. These are large technical writing projects written under a strict deadline with little, if any, room for creativity. About fifteen years ago, I started a little folder on my desktop for the fun story bits that danced around my head while I was trapped at my desk trying to hold my focus on the grant details. Many of you may recognize this challenge. My home is never so clean and organized as it is when I am feeling pressure from a writing deadline! Over time, this desktop folder of distraction became a collection and now I look forward to exploring it.
The Kansas Authors Club members in Emporia area have always been welcoming and generous with their time and advice over the years, even though I was not yet a member. It's exciting now to take the step of making it official!
I am a first person narrative storyteller with the Kansas Alliance of Professional Historical Performers and this hobby led to my first publication, Racing: Indian Style. I transcribed, edited and self published the material; presumably written by Charles Curtis who would later become Vice President of the United States under Herbert Hoover. Charles is the first person of significant Native American heritage and the first person from Kansas to reach the highest levels of our executive branch.
I live in north Lyon County, near the Santa Fe Trail and the home of the Kanza people before they were relocated to Indian Territory in 1873. My life and my writing are rooted in the tall grass prairie; both the history and the present.